Judson University’s tenth Shark Tank event was held on Thursday, November 16, in the Thulin Performance Hall. Congratulations to Juniors Ian Burley and Breanna McGuire for winning the $1,000 first-place prize for the idea of “Keytech Solutions,” a radio-frequency identification technology provides companies with a unique way to capture and track data.
Other winners of the night included Emmaline Davey, who received the second-place prize of $250 for “AJ’s Greenhouse,” a project that proposed a sustainable greenhouse for Judson University. David Peterson received the third-place prize of $100 with his pitch of “Rip-Off,” a site that allows the customer to customize their jersey with the player’s name and numbers.
The two-hour event featured five student business leaders pitching their ideas in front of discerning judges representing various facets of business. Judges for the event were Angel Szalonek, executive at Inc Tank Management Consultants and CEO of SportsFaith, an online magazine and podcast production company; Scott Fowle, founder of PureACV, which provides strategic advisory services to early and growing businesses; and George Knoll, owner of Natural Choice Corporation, a leading designer of innovative drinking water products. Judson students Kaylee Sargent and Kathy Breinig served as Emcees for the event. Judson Senior Hannah Cunningham provided music during the event.
Leading up to the competition Judson’s students were mentored by the following business leaders about the economics of starting a new business and how to bring their concepts into reality.